The United Volunteer Fire & Rescue primary coverage area consists of East McKeesport & Wall Boroughs in eastern Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It is a bowtie-shaped area that is mostly residential, although there are also commercial, industrial, railroad, and wooded areas.
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East McKeesport was founded in 1895 and is located along US Route 30 (Lincoln Highway), the busy main artery connecting Pittsburgh in Allegheny County with Greensburg in Westmoreland County. A toll booth for travelers along the old Lincoln Highway was once located here in the early 1900s. It sits on a ridge overlooking the Turtle Creek Valley, which at one time was home to the thriving Westinghouse Electric and Air Brake plants, located respectively in East Pittsburgh and Wilmerding. It is mainly a residential community, with growing business districts located along Route 30 and Fifth Avenue. A few machine shops and electrical businesses make their home here, and there is also a large undeveloped wooded area.
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Wall is located in the Turtle Creek valley and quickly grew as a home for the families of men who worked on the bustling railroads in the area in the middle to late 1800s. Today, Wall is primarily a residential town with several small businesses along Wall Avenue and is the home of WPCB-TV 40 (Cornerstone Television). It is also home to part of a Norfolk-Southern intermodal freight terminal and has a large number of freight trains running through each day to drop off and pick up cargo. There even are a few Amtrak passenger trains that pass through daily. There are also hundreds of tractor-trailers that come through town to pick up their loads at the terminal. Wall also has a very large undeveloped wooded area.
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UVFR also provides mutual aid assistance to the surrounding communities of North Versailles Township, Pitcairn, Trafford, Monroeville, Wilmerding, and Turtle Creek.